Officials have confirmed an officer-involved shooting at a popular state park in McCormick County, although they have so far released few details on what happened.
The McCormick County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed the incident at Hickory Knob State Resort Park early Thursday morning. The popular state golf resort is located on the shores of Strom Thurmond Reservoir roughly 8 miles west of McCormick and 40 miles northwest of Augusta, Georgia.
A SLED spokesman said a park ranger confronted a man in the park and a fight ensued. At some point during the fight, the ranger shot the man, who is now at a Greenwood hospital for non-life threatening injuries. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, which maintains South Carolina’s state parks, referred questions about the incident to SLED.
SLED has since taken over the investigation, which is normal procedure whenever a shooting involves a law enforcement officer. However, the agency has not released any additional information, including why the ranger confronted the man or whether the injured individual was armed.